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Adults with depression who want to quit antidepressants should be given support on how to do it safely over time, says NICE

Friday, 20 January, 2023

Adults with depression who want to quit antidepressants should be given support on how to do it safely over time, says NICE

A new draft quality standard, which sets out priority areas for quality improvement for the care of adults with depression, includes a statement to help adults who want to come off the medication permanently.

The independent advisory committee, which includes experts in treating adults with depression, has recommended the staged withdrawal of antidepressants.

The committee said primary care and mental health professionals should follow the NICE guideline recommendations on stopping antidepressant medication, including agreeing with their patient whether it is right for them to stop taking the medication and if so, the speed and duration of withdrawal from it.

Read more at: https://www.nice.org.uk/news/nice-draft-quality-standard-depression-adults-update-2023

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